Saturday, October 27, 2007

Half Full

(Model: Shannon. Location: KLCC Park)

I've been busy lately working on the PAUM Photography Competition (deadline 31 October) and studying for my finals which begin next Monday.

Met up with Li-Shia on three occasions and DC on two over the last two weeks, visited school, wrote two articles, campaigned towards Mohan's victory in his bid to become a torchbearer for next year's Olympics, opened discussions for the next d'NA Trip, and added Nikon's Capture NX to my arsenal.

Productive holidays?

Monday, October 15, 2007

Shanti's Sky

"The much-remarked Japanese fondness for photography, the art of suspended animation which composes the chaotic world into tidy pieces, reduces 3-D mess to 2-D order, and not only transfixes the evanescent, but also domesticates life into still life..."

~ Pico Iyer, 'Video Night in Kathmandu'

(Quote courtesy of Yen, Picture titled by Aunty Agnes)

Thursday, October 04, 2007

The Simian Returns Soon

It's been a long time.

There are so many stories to tell and so many pictures to share. Study break is coming up so I'll write then.

But in the meantime, let's start with the monkey.

Last Friday, on the way back from Biostatistics class, Yean Khinn and I came across a whole (insert collective noun here) of monkeys opposite college. I started shooting and we parted ways.

A short while later, a man on a motorcycle stopped by the roadside a few metres from me; he was riding down from the Bukit Cinta area. He identified himself as a UM Security Officer who'd been working at the university for 22 years.

He questioned me about my photography and demanded to see my student ID. Something about fears that I was a spy of some sort who might have ulterior motives including sending the pictures to newspapers etc.

I don't suppose the fears were unbased; after all, it was elections campaign week and varsity elections this year have been a hot topic in the local papers.

After he'd taken down my details, I prompted him for his name, upon which he showed me his ID. Abdul Hadi.

If only he knew (or rather believed) what I was shooting... and that I was shooting nothing else.